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The ESA MethodEngage, Study and Activate, a method of teaching english Language is becoming popular within teaching programs. It allows for much more flexibility, and lessons often move between the different stages. There are 3 different ESA methods. The first one is the “straight-arrow” method (ESA), second is the “boomerang” (EASA) and the last is the “patchwork” method (EAASAESA). As an english Teacher, I find that the ESA method of teaching works well inside the classroom. In the engage stage, the attention and curiosity of the students should be caught using any kinds of props or in a form of games, just to get them interested on the language. On the second stage, the study stage, the teacher should focus on the information on the english language and how was it constructed, this can be achieved by having group discussions and carefully explaining the lesson to the students. In the activate stage, teachers should give students activities and exercises to make the students use fully what they have learned on the english language. The ESA lesson structure eliminates passive learning by reducing teacher talking time and increasing student output. During my Tesol/TEFL days, I really had a hard time to understand the method. Now, I can say that lesson planning is not as easy as I think. You have to make different plans and different activities to achieve an interesting and fun discussion in the classroom. First, you need to know the students’ interest so you can start with your lesson planning. The main goal is, to make the students become interested to the lesson. There are different levels of the students which the teacher has to deal with. You cannot apply the level of your teaching in higher level to the lower level. They don’t have the same level of understanding and it’s not effective for them to learn whatever you are teaching. Using ESA method helps the teachers to plan a lesson and they‘ll know the flow of the discussion. For me, it showed what I need to learn more about, and what I need to read more. It reaffirmed teaching principles and approaches that I strongly believe and practice. It also gave me ideas on teaching the students according to their abilities in learning. In other hand, students should be motivated and interested in a language lesson and enjoy what they are studying to make progress and learn faster. This significant aim can not be achieved without clear methodology and careful planning. Despite all the difficulties, the results for me were really amazing. I found less fear of failure in myself as a teacher when using a method like EASA (boomerang). That confidence and belief began to show, and learners began to see it earlier and earlier in new classes. Among the 3 methods, I really feel comfortable using the EASA (boomerang) because I think it is effective enough to achieve my goal as a teacher. In short, make your lesson plan simple. Sources: http://www.teflcorp.com/articles/92-tefl-esa-a-teaching- methodology/276-esa-a-teaching-methodology.htm http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-language-teaching-methods.html

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